Northern Portugal, Portugal: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Northern Portugal, Portugal? If you're planning to go to Northern Portugal, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Northern Portugal, Portugal

Based on the climate and weather in Northern Portugal, the best time to go is August. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Northern Portugal, Portugal by month

January

January in Northern Portugal can be brisk. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear

February

February in Northern Portugal is brisk. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear

March

March in Northern Portugal is crisp. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Rain coat

April

If you visit Northern Portugal during April, you are likely to find that it is relatively cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear

May

If you are traveling to Northern Portugal in May, you will notice that it is mild. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long skirts

June

Traveling to Northern Portugal in June, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat

July

If you vacation in Northern Portugal during July, you are likely to find that it is hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage

August

August in this region is pretty consistently hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals

September

September for Northern Portugal is a perfect temperature. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat

October

October for Northern Portugal is balmy. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear

November

If you are traveling to Northern Portugal in November, you will notice that it can be chilly. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts

December

In December, Northern Portugal can be brisk. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s F (low 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Northern Portugal, with several of the days of the month having rain. In December, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Jacket or coat
  • Rain coat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Umbrella

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Northern Portugal, Portugal

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Northern Portugal, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and F
  • A SIM card that works in Northern Portugal
  • Appropriate museum wear

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